I think regardless if Tressel turns it in or not the guys would have still been suspended and 2011 would have been a wash even if he stayed.
Gene Smith has been an excellent AD in my opinion, one mistake was not self imposing the bowl ban at the same time I can understand why he didn't. If we impose one and then the NCAA adds another one on top of that, even Urban couldn't have recovered as fast as we did. No doubt the 2012 team beats ND and is a national champion though.
If Urban never returns? My guess would be we would be a Mark Dantonio led buckeye squad with maybe one NC and a couple NY6 appearances and slowly on a decline.
2015 smh. Who is dominating the NFL right now Joey Bosa, Zeke and Michael Thomas. There is no reason Zeke shouldn't have had 20+ carries every game and MT getting 10+ targets a game. The offensive coaching staff should have to return their paychecks for that season.
Joe Burrow would have won a NC here, but Justin Fields will win one this year along with the Heisman and we had a special year with Haskins so there was really no wrong answer there. The defense last year wasn't winning a NC so it doesn't really matter who played Haskins or Burrow. This year though would have been Joe's year.
2013 we would have been embarrassed by Florida State. That was a bad defense and losing to MSU was probably a blessing
If Ryan Day took the mstate job. He would now be the Head Coach of USC.
JT Barrett would not have beaten Alabama, he could have beaten Oregon though
Scoop and score, we would be celebrating a NC right now. Instead a whole lot of 3rd world countries are getting Ohio State fiesta bowl champions shirts.
2012, 2015, 2019 will always be what ifs but we have 2014 and will have 2020 plus many more with Coach Day so everything works out